Top novelists on way to Derry

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Two world class novelists will be discussing their work in the City of Culture next month.

Irish writer Colum McCann and US-based author Jon Ronson are both coming to Derry during May to give insights into their work.

McCann’s last novel ‘Let the Great World Spin’, earned him a host of international literary awards, including the National Book Award in the United States and well as the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award which firmly established him in the front rank of contemporary novelists. His latest novel, ‘Transatlantic’ weaves together three major stories; Frederick Douglass’ visit to a famine stricken Ireland in 1845, Alcock and Brown’s famous non-stop flight from Newfoundland to Connemara in 1919 and Senator George Mitchell’s effort to broker the Good Friday Agreement in 1998.

McCann will discuss ‘Transatlantic’ with BBC Radio Ulster’s Marie-Louise Muir at the Verbal Arts Centre on Saturday May 18 from 7.30pm.

Will Self has described Jon Ronson as ‘one of the finest comic writers working today’. He is perhaps best known for his novel ‘The Men Who Stare At Goats’ turned into a film starring George Clooney, and his other books ‘Them: Adventures With Extremists’ and ‘The Psychopath Test’ were also both bestsellers.

In his latest book, Lost At Sea: the Jon Ronson Mysteries he explores his fascination with madness, strange behaviour and the human mind, going on patrol with America’s real-life superheroes and attending a UFO convention with Robbie Williams. He meets a man who tried to split the atom in his kitchen and another who is preparing to welcome aliens to earth.

Ronson will be chatting with BBC Radio Foyle producer and presenter Michael Bradley at Sandino’s Café Bar on Wednesday May 22 from 7.30pm.